What is NE SPARC?
NE SPARC is the advertising name of North East Fiber, LLC, the telecommunications subsidiary of North East MS EPA (NEMEPA), offering all-fiber internet and voice services to members within NEMEPA’s service territory.
Why are you doing this?
By connecting our substations and office with fiber optic cable, we will create a truly smart grid that will provide us with more automation capabilities, ultimately increasing the reliability of our electric service to members.
This endeavor also falls in line with our mission to power communities and empower members. Broadband is the electricity of the 1930s and 1940s. Remember, in 1930, fewer than 10% of farms had access to electricity. Much like we did with electricity in 1938, we’re going to provide real, affordable broadband to our members.
What does this mean for the electric cooperative?
North East Fiber, LLC — NE SPARC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEMEPA. It is a separate company, and therefore managed separately from the cooperative. SPARC was created to benefit the membership, the cooperative organization and the electric grid. Its purpose is to provide a truly smart electrical grid, offer true broadband to members and improve communication services in the region.